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Who will win Euro 2012? Have your say!

21 Jun 2012 13:44:29

Who will win Euro 2012? Have your say!

As we enter the quarter-final stage of Euro 2012, only eight teams remain.

Check out the chances of the remaining nations and vote on who you think will be the winner.

Odds provided by bet-at-home.com (Odds as decimals)

Vote Here: What country will win Euro 2012?

Germany - 3.1

As the only team to have claimed maximum points during the group stages Germany edge holders Spain as favourites to lift the trophy this summer. To qualify with maximum points in the toughest group is a great achievement for Joachim Low who won’t want the success to end now. Key performers for the Germans have been Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez and the partnership between Holger Badstuber and Mats Hummels. Germany have conceded two goals in three games and look the most threatening side in the competition. It would take a brave man to bet against this side who are up against Greece next and I’d fully expect to see them make the final at the very least.

Germany 1-0 Portugal
Netherlands 1-2 Germany
Denmark 1-2 Germany


Spain – 3.3

Unbeaten throughout the group stages and are hot contenders to lift the trophy. Having won it in 2008 and the World cup in 2010 Spain are chasing a third successive tournament victory which would be a first for any international side. Spain haven’t impressed all viewers though but after collecting seven points without playing at their best it seems they have every chance to retain the championship. Fernando Torres looked sharp against the Irish but Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta have been capturing the plaudits for Spain. Jordi Alba has only recently started playing for Spain but he looks a quality attacking left back and has been heavily linked with Barcelona. Spain face France in the quarter-finals who were recently beaten by Sweden and will be confident of beating Les Blues.

Spain 1-1 Italy
Spain 4-0 ROI
Croatia 0-1 Spain




Portugal – 7.0


Portugal suffered defeat first game at the hands of Germany but showed real character to win their next two games and qualify for the knockout stages. Many viewed Denmark to have a better chance of going through so for Portugal to clinch second was a great achievement for Paulo Bento and his side. Cristiano Ronaldo had two disappointing games against the Germans and Denmark but really produced in the last game against Holland. Ronaldo netted twice and was a constant threat to the Dutch defence and played a huge part in Portugal’s qualification. Portugal face the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals so they have a strong chance of making the semi-finals but they will have to perform better at the back having conceded in every game so far.

Germany 1-0 Portugal
Denmark 2-3 Portugal
Portugal 2-1 Netherlands


Italy – 8.0

Touted as second favourites, Italy lived up to their expectations by securing second place in the group. It was only due to Jesus Navas goal in the 88th minute that stopped the Italians unexpectedly topping the group however. The Italians proved they are no pushovers after remaining unbeaten during their three group games. Italy have only conceded two goals and the veteran stopper Gianluigi Buffon has been in good form for the Italians. Italy face England in the quarter-finals which is a game both sides will see as winnable which should make for an entertaining fixture.

Spain 1-1 Italy
Italy 1-1 Croatia
Italy 2-0 ROI

England – 9.0

Many England fans didn’t even expect England to qualify from the group so to win it has come as a real surprise. The expectation levels have risen now after England went unbeaten in the group and managed an impressive seven points which is the same as Spain managed. Steven Gerrard has been England’s shining light once more at a major tournament after receiving two ‘man of the match’ awards in three games. England face Italy in the quarter-finals and as they are very close in terms of value to win the competition it signals the game will be a very close affair. England have gathered more points than Italy and will really fancy their chances of reaching the semi-finals.

France 1-1 England
Sweden 2-3 England
England 1-0 Ukraine


France – 9.0

France started the competition as strong group favourites and up until they played Sweden they looked destined to top the group. Fortunately for France they beat Ukraine so it meant that Ukraine needed to beat England to take their place which didn’t happen. Mathieu Debuchy has played well for France during the three games and looks a great asset to the French side. His performances have impressed a host of European clubs who are looking to sign him during the summer. Due to France finishing second they are up against the holders Spain which will be a huge task for Laurent Blanc’s men. France will be wary of Spain but they do posses a lot of quality up front which on their day are as good as any.

France 1-1 England
Ukraine 0-2 France
Sweden 2-0 France


Czech Republic – 40.0 Czech Republic couldn’t have started the tournament any worse. They were thumped 4-1 by Russia and many expected an early exit. The team showed great character however and notched two wins in order to top the group. Peter Jiracek has been in good form for the Czech’s netting twice in three games. The Czech Republic face a tough ask against Portugal in the quarter-finals but if they can keep Ronaldo quiet they have a slight chance of nicking the game.

Russia 4-1 Czech Republic
Greece 1-2 Czech Republic
Czech Republic 1-0 Poland


Greece – 40.0 Greece once again proved never to write them off at a European championship after qualifying from group A. Greece beat Russia 1-0 in the final game which secured their qualification to the quarter-finals. Giorgos Karagounis has performed brilliantly for Greece during their three games scoring once and was vital in helping them to qualify. Unfortunately for Greece I think the journey ends here they face tournament favourites Germany and I can’t see anything but a win for the Germans. I think they will over power the Greeks but we all remember Euro 2004…

Poland 1-1 Greece
Greece 1-2 Czech Republic
Greece 1-0 Russia

 


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